New Migraine Drugs for Older Adults

Onan D., Wells-Gatnik W. D., Bentivegna E., Lampl C., Martelletti P.

Drugs and Aging, vol.40, no.4, pp.301-305, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 40 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s40266-023-01012-w
  • Journal Name: Drugs and Aging
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, PASCAL, Abstracts in Social Gerontology, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.301-305
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Migraine is one of the most widespread and burdensome diseases, affecting one in every seven individuals in the world, for an estimated global prevalence of 14%. Until recently, therapeutic choices for older migraineurs have been limited by safety concerns and such patients have typically been excluded from clinical trials. However, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of new migraine drugs have begun to include participants aged over 65 years, offering clinicians relevant safety and efficacy data to be able to treat older patients with the newest drug classes, including monoclonal antibodies for CGRP (r), CGRP antagonists, and drugs targeting the serotonin 5-HT1F receptor. RCT inclusion criteria nonetheless select the most appropriate older patients, usually excluding polymorbid participants. In a real-life setting, older patients may have several comorbidities, and this reduces the clinical applicability of the new drugs to these patients. Two main points should be addressed to solve this barrier: the inclusion of a sufficient number of migraineurs aged over 65 years in RCTs and the publication of appropriate guidelines for a tailored treatment that considers the existence of multimorbid pathologies in this population of individuals.